For a long long time now, I have chosen my age just before my birthday. My family has been ever so kind to honour the age I choose – wonderful beings that they are.
The fact is, I’ve been doing this for so long now, that if I do need to know my ‘legal age’, I ask my daughters or I have to calculate! This upcoming birthday is considered a milestone by those who count, and my family isn’t letting me forget it, but still I’m not turning a number.
This is not vanity. This is my way of not allowing my own perceptions of age to affect how I live my life. I started ‘age choosing’ when I noticed in my thoughts that I was questioning how long I would be able to continue to waterski.
For many years, I’ve practised and experienced the power of thought and visualization for improving sport ability and for healing nasty sport injuries. Three times I was told I would never ski again. I’m grateful for the magic of visualizing because I continue to ski.
And so I applied the same principles – the power of thought – to my thinking about my age. It works like a charm for me, because honestly, even still when I think in terms of ‘age,’ I am surprised at the chaos of limiting beliefs that have been formed in my thoughts.
Ever think you are too old to write a book, hike a mountain, or start a new career? Then you understand. I seriously can’t have those kind of thoughts in my head. I’d still be back in the corporate world if I’d allowed those to take hold!
A number of years back, my dog’s vet was surprised I still skiied and played hard. He said, “So, isn’t it time you started aging gracefully?” Excuse me? No! I was a baby still in my 40’s! I was inspired to change vets.
To me ‘aging gracefully’ triggered beliefs that would not serve me well. For you, however, it may be an empowering thought.
Here’s how amaranteen came along:
Many years ago I chose 37.5. But the next year, I realized I needed to add some years for wisdom, so I turned ‘ageless’, then ‘timeless’, then ‘eternal’, then ‘nana age’. My age comes to me from an “aha” moment, a daughter, or a thesaurus. The next choice was via a thesaurus. When I found the word amaranthine, as a synonym to eternal, I leaped in the air! Amaranthine means:
eternally beautiful and unfading; everlasting, and has been used in reference to an unfading imaginary flower.
“Perfect!” I thought, “what a beautiful age to be!” And so, that year I celebrated being amaranteen!
And so the Amaranteen Theory was concocted to share this concept for those who might need it.
The List of ages:
12 20 Phoenix
(I think I’ve missed some)
sixty years of magic imagine more
Cabinnaturian of the Blue Sky Decade
Peaceflow Rainbow of the Blue Sky Decade.
Ffagical! A plan for my birthday sketchbook is to do effing magical drawings all year, plus my usual sketch memories, of course!
And this year? The insane 2020? I was brainstorming out loud when my 9 year old granddaughter suggested, “Maybe you should turn Quaranteen this year.”
Clever child. And funny. But no.
I’m turning Briganteen. Solid, strong, brave, well-equipped for any adventure, loves the thrill of a strong wind and can equally enjoy peaceful, quiet secluded times anchored at home. Ya, I like that. I’m turning Briganteen this year.
And this name-my-year theory does keep creaky bones and cranky thoughts about getting older in check.